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Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

Tokyo - Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.
In the Media by Harumi Ozawa (AFP)

Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine

Tokyo - Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours.
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

Imperial pomp to start Obama's Japan visit

Tokyo - The first state visit to Japan by a US President in nearly two decades gets under way in earnest Thursday when Barack Obama is treated to the pomp and ceremony of an imperial reception.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP)

Lost codes spark Japan airport scramble on eve of Obama trip

Tokyo - Airport authorities in Japan launched a frantic scramble to change security pass codes, an official said Tuesday, the day before Barack Obama arrives, after an airline employee dropped a memo containing the details.
In the Media by AFP

Japan lawmakers visit war shrine on eve of Obama trip

Tokyo - Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honours the nation's war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of US President Barack Obama's visit.
In the Media by Harumi Ozawa (AFP)

Japan PM makes offering to war shrine, but skips visit

Tokyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, sparking a Chinese charge that he was offering "a slap in the face" to US President Barack Obama days ahead of his visit.
In the Media by Miwa SUZUKI (AFP)

Despite ICJ ruling, Japan proceeds with Pacific whale hunt

Japan announced on Friday it would conduct a scaled-down annual whale hunt in the Northern Pacific this year, according to Reuters. This is despite an international court ruling in March against their Antarctic whaling program.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

Tokyo - Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research.
In the Media by Shigemi SATO (AFP)

Japanese legislators dine on whale meat in defiance of ICJ ruling

In a blatant act of defiance of the United Nation's International Court of Justice ruling in March, Japan is showing they have every intention of resuming whaling in the Antarctic Ocean.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

S. Korea, Japan hold rare 'comfort women' talks

Seoul - South Korea and Japan held rare high-level talks Wednesday on the extremely sensitive issue of wartime sex slavery, which has contributed to a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.
In the Media by AFP
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